Suspect being chased by deputies in East Wenatchee jumps out of car as it’s moving


A routine trespass complaint about a man sitting in a vehicle turned into much more for Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies early Thursday morning.

About 4 a.m., deputies found a 31-year-old East Wenatchee man they’d had prior contacts with sitting in a vehicle in the area of 2700 Westview Drive in East Wenatchee.

According to the sheriff’s office, he displayed a knife toward officers and had visible blood on his clothing.

The man refused to leave the vehicle as deputies attempted to negotiate with him for several hours.

As negotiations failed, he sped away southbound on North Baker Avenue.

Seeds were estimated in excess of 80 mph.

With deputies in pursuit, he slowed the vehicle and jumped out while it was moving in the 2200 block of North Baker Avenue. 

The vehicle continued to travel southbound until it went off the roadway and crashed in the 2100 block.

Deputies caught up with the suspect, who refused to follow verbal commands, they said. He then was tased before being taken into custody.

The unidentified man was taken to Central Washington Hospital for medical treatment involving self-inflicted stab wounds. Criminal charges are pending.